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Douglas County Historical Society

at Historic Fort Omaha
30th & Fort Streets

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5730 N. 30 St, #11B Omaha, NE 68111

Phone: 402-455-9990
Fax: 402-453-9448
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Hours

General Crook House
Monday - Friday
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday
1 to 4 p.m.

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Monday - Friday
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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August 6 - 9
Garage Sale
720 North 114th Street in Miracle Hills Shopping Center
9 am - 7 pm Thursday and Friday
9 am - 4 pm Saturday and Sunday

Please join the Douglas County Historical Society at our Annual Garage Sale featuring tables of items including books, household items, collectibles, antiques and much more.

This year's sale takes place at 720 North 114th Street, in the Miracle Hills Shopping Center, from August 6 - 9. Open hours are 9 am to 7 pm on Thursday and Friday and 9 am to 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday. All sales will be cash only.

Call 402-455-9990 for more details.

Items to be included in the sale can be dropped off at 720 North 114th Street, weekdays from July 27 through August 4 between 10 am and 4 pm and on Saturday, August 1 from 10 am to 2 pm.

Proceeds from the sale benefit the Douglas County Historical Society and support our mission to collect, preserve and present to the public the history of Douglas County Nebraska.

August 9
Second Sunday Talk
The Signal Corps presented by Max Sparber
Metropolitan Community College Building 10, Room 110
2 PM

In August’s Second Sunday, Douglas County Historical Society researcher Max Sparber will discuss the signal corps, the telegraph, and the secret lives of the people who ran the singing wire.

Before there was the Internet, before there was the telephone, before even radio, there was the “singing wire” – the telegraph. There wouldn’t be an Omaha without the telegraph – city founder Edward Creighton helped string the transcontinental telegraph across Nebraska, and the railroad followed that line, and Omaha was born because of the railroad.

The telegraph had its own language, Morse Code, and so was run by a series of specialty trained telegraph operators, who developed their own culture, including specialized slang.

The military quickly adopted the telegraph, as it needed an effective way to communicate orders and information along long distances. This was entrusted to the Signal Corps, a branch of the United States Army responsible for communications in the various branches of the military.

In 1905, Omaha’s Fort Omaha was reactivated as a training school for the Signal Corps, teaching, as a 114 document explained it, “electricity, telephony, telegraphy, radio-telegraphy, line-construction work, and special instruction in telegraphic accounts …” How appropriate that the military would teach the telegraph in a city that would not exist without it?

This Second Sunday Talk will be held on August 9 at 2 pm at the Fort Omaha campus of Metro Community College in Building 10, Room 110. The event is free for members and $5 for non-members. Please call 402-455-9990 ext. 101 or email members@douglascohistory.org for reservations.
 

August 16
Vintage Wheels at the Fort
10 AM - 3 PM
Free and Open to the Public

Douglas County Historical Society along with the Meadowlark Model A Club will host a FREE family event at beautiful Historic Fort Omaha. This vintage car show will exhibit Model As, Model Ts, and other vintage cars pre- 1965. The Meadowlark Model A Club will have lunch, drinks and snacks for sale.

DCHS will be offering FREE admission to the General Crook House Museum (located on the Fort), enjoy free rides in a vintage car, watch the 'Craoi na tire' Irish Dancers, and listen to the 1st Nebraska Volunteers Brass Band!

Vintage Wheels at the Fort will take place on August 16th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. This event is free and open to the public!
 

August 25
Page From Our Past
Library Archives Center
5:30 - 6:30 PM

Douglas County Historical Society will feature Nebraska author Manya Nogg’s book Age is Just a Number and Mine’s Unlisted at our August 25th Page from Our Past author event taking place from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the DCHS Library Archives Center. The program focuses on history-based authors, both of fiction and non-fiction, and is held the fourth Tuesday of each month in the evening. A Page from Our Past is a casual and intimate roundtable discussion, where the audience has the opportunity to get up close and personal with the authors. Each program concludes with a book signing and time to meet one-on-one with the featured author.

Cost to participate in these discussions is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. Pre-registration is required and seating will be limited to 20 participants. To register, email members@douglascohistory.org or call 402-455-9990, ext. 101.